Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: California (cont'd)
PCAP: Pasadena Community Asthma Project
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Paula Verrette, MD
The Pasadena Community Asthma Project (PCAP), managed by Huntington Memorial Hospital, began in 1997 in Pasadena, CA. The initial program was designed to provide education for school nurses who were challenged by the needs of school-aged children with asthma. Over the years, the program has evolved to encompass three main components.
Patient and family education is offered via three different classes for pediatric and adult patients, adapted from NIH guidelines. Provider education is also offered, to primary care providers and school nurses, through lectures on various topics of interest. A third component of PCAP is a free asthma clinic for children and adults, staffed by pediatric and adult asthma specialists.
Pre-post program evaluation with a sample of 186 patients indicated a positive impact on school absences and medication use. Program activities and further evaluation are ongoing.
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